Notes to editors
How is the NHS performing? is the latest of The King’s Fund’s quarterly monitoring reports. It covers the quarter from January to April (although time lags in the publication of data mean that reporting on some performance indicators covers different periods).
For further information or to request an interview, please contact the Press and Public Affairs team on 020 7307 2585 (07584 146 035 if calling out of hours). Note on support given to providers: In 2014/15 NHS providers have received significant financial support from national bodies. This has included £640 million taken out of capital spending and switched into revenue and a further £250 million provided by the Treasury. Whether the health budget overall will overspend depends on any further increases in CCG underspends (currently forecast to be around £135 million (NHS England 2015c)) and performance against the other health budgets managed by the Department of Health and other national bodies.
This quarter’s survey of NHS finance directors and CCG finance leads was carried out from 26 February to 12 March 2015. Of 257 NHS trust finance directors contacted, 93 responded. We also contacted 187 CCG finance leads, of whom 40 responded.
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